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2018 SEAL Grants

SEAL Awards

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Fields of work: Public Policy Economics Natural Resources Environment Food Delivery & Distribution Services Agriculture Sustainability Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology Environmental Justice & Advocacy Food Security Energy Efficiency & Conservation Environmental Economics Carbon / Greenhouse Gas Reduction Show all

Applicant type: Graduate Student, PhD Student, Masters Student, Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States


SEAL Awards Overview

The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards launched in 2017 and is an awards-driven environmental advocacy organization.   

SEAL’s funding of research complements its environmental awards programs:(1) Business Sustainability Awards, (2) Environmental Journalism Awards.

SEAL Environmental Research Grants are made to graduate students (master's and PhD students) and postdocs working on advancing environmental policy or the public’s understanding of an environmental issue.  

The amount of award(s) is up to $2,000 with the average award being approximately $1,000 or less.

To date, the SEAL organization has provided funding to 17 environmental researchers at institutions like Duke, Harvard, MIT, and UCLA. 

Conditions of Award

  • By accepting a SEAL Grant you agree to be cited in SEAL press release and social media announcements.
  • Recipients of a grant are encouraged to submit an annual report within one year of receipt of funds to the SEAL Awards Founder outlining impact and use of funds.
  • Notification of the award is currently targeted for June 2018.
  • There is no restriction on timing surrounding when funds must be spent.
  • Any air travel in course of the project is required to include payment of carbon offset (e.g.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be residing in the United States.
  • Projects must have a strong clarity of purpose. For example, the merits of the research project can be convincingly summarized in 5 or fewer bullet point sentences.
  • Projects must be able to quantify impacts (i.e. cost and benefits).
  • Projects must have a reasonable chance of producing results that can influence either:
    • environmental policy (eg - corporate policy, governmental policy), and/or
    • the public’s understanding of an environmental issue


  • Particular areas of interest could include, but are not limited to:
    • environmental economics
    • environmental sustainability
    • natural resources
    • carbon and other industrial pollution mitigation, etc.


  • The maximum SEAL Grant size is $2,000, and any application asking for more than this will be rejected.
  • The total budget of a project, however, can be higher if there are other sources of funding awarded or being considered.
  • Funds will not be provided to cover any of the costs of a study course.
  • This award does not allow for overhead to be taken so 100% of funds will be available to the grantee.

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This page was last reviewed November 23, 2021 and last updated March 08, 2019